elaina.perez167, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by elaina.perez167)
Alan is in his squire years at the castle of Trebond. But things are not so simple for Alan, because Alan is actually Alanna. A girl who, disguised as a boy, switched places with her twin brother to become a knight. This book is filled with action and adventure, and the tiniest bit of romance. Lies, knights, power-thirsty lords. And is Prince Jonathan simply a mentor, or something more? I loved this book, and it is one of my favorites. I have read it multiple times, and would read it again. Even after the first read you feel a connection to the characters and want, or do not want, them to succeed. One of the themes in that girls are not weak, and should not be thought to be. Though a more important theme is that not everything is won by violence and war. This book was written for teens and young adults, but would be great for all ages. I recommend it to anyone.
Jeanne007, April 12, 2007 (view all comments by Jeanne007)
Fascinating and very exciting!You can actually 'feel' Alanna's fear when she fell into the icy lake or the tensed situation when Alanna is fighting with Duke Roger. This story is as good as the first book, maybe even better!
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crowyhead, September 15, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I loved this book to bits -- I thought the first book in the series, Alanna: The First Adventure was good, but this one is really great. Alanna, who has successfully disguised herself as a boy in order to train as a knight, is growing up. So far she's kept her secret from everyone except those closest to her, but she knows the time is coming when she will pass her Ordeal into knighthood, and reveal herself as Tortall's first female knight in over a century. Fortunately, she has some strong allies, but awkwardly enough, both Prince Jonathan and George the Thief Lord (who have been in on her secret for several years) are starting to notice her in a different way, and she's not ready for that yet... There's plenty of sorcery, swashbuckling, and cloak-and-dagger stuff, too. All in all, this is a very satisfying read -- I only wish it were longer!
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For longtime fans and new converts, here is a chance to discover a land of enchantment, legend, and adventure. Alanna, still disguised as a boy, becomes a squire--to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend--and one of the few who knows her true identity.
"I don't want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior maiden."
Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend — and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorceror threatens the prince's life, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him — even at the risk of revealing who she really is...
Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's second adventure continues the saga of a girl who dares to follow her dreams — and the magical destiny that awaits her.
Alanna's journey continues...
In the second title of the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna, still disguised as a boy, becomes a squire to Prince Jonathan, who is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend--and one of the few who knows her true identity. And when the Prince's life is threatened by a mysterious sorcerer, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him--even at the risk of revealing the truth.
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